Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Flourishes - Passion Flowers

When I was in my teens and twenties I loved to sew!
I made everything I wore except my favorite denim jeans.

All of my "tops" (that was the fashion word back then),
blazers, pants, dresses and even dresses for special occasions. 

At one time I thought of being a tailor.
I loved how a garment was constructed. 

My favorite part was going to the fabric stores.
My Mom and I went every Saturday.
First we went to Montgomery Ward and to Sears.

Then as my tailoring skills improved we went to
 my favorite fabric stores in Denver, Colorado.

Buttons and Trims & Wonder Fabrics.

From Italian Wools, French Cottons and very soft Silks.
Buttons that put the finishing touches on each garment.

That was one of my special Passions in my life.

Now my passion is Papercrafting!

Passion Flowers stamp is from Flourishes.
When I purchase a stamp and embellishments I feel like I am tailoring again.

Stamps are like choosing the pattern.
Cardstock are like choosing the fabric.
Embellishments are like choosing the buttons, thread, ribbons and trim.

This Passion Flower is for everyone at Flourishes!
One of my favorite stamp companies is Flourishes!

Flourishes designers draw beautiful florals into amazing stamps.
Stamps I love to color!

Simply... Thank you to Jan Marie and her team at Flourishes
for giving me my new passion!

And I wish you all the best in your Passions!


Cardstock: Kraft - Speckletone, Lime Green and Passion Purple - Bazzill
Ink: Adirondack Espresso, Sentiment - Distress Ink - Dusty Concord
Stamps: Flourishes - Passion Flowers
Coloring: Copic Sketch Markers - YG01, YG21, YG23, YG25, YG67, BVOOO, BVOO, BV13, BV17, BV08,
 Y11, V95, YG03, YG17, E42
Embellishments: Ribbon - Offray, Gems - Martha Stewart
Tools: Fiskars Paper Cutter
Adhesive: Tomboy Permanent Adhesive, Rubber Stamp Concepts 1/8 inch Adhesive Tape


  1. WHAT A LOVELY TRIBUTE TO Jan Marie & Flourishes, Elaine!!! I DO HOPE that the company does WELL after Jan Marie has sold it! AND wish Jan Marie ALL THE BEST in her future!!! sigh! ALL INVOLVED will be GREATLY MISSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your card IS LOVELY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GORGEOUSLY COLORED!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) (I AGREE WITH YOU TOO!!!)

  2. Absolutely amazing Elaine! I love all the beautiful shades of purple and green! What a delightful card! Thanks for joining us at Flourishes!

  3. I think your card is very pretty and elegant. I love your coloring, and I am so very happy to be part of this hop and have the opportunity to visit your blog and see your wonderful creation!


  4. Your card is gorgeous.
    I made a specific post for the parade and was waiting for a post date. My post is up now if you want to come back and take a look.
    Thanks for the sweet comment I hope you'll stop back by.
    Crafty hugs,

  5. Your card is gorgeous, Elaine! Love the image and the colors you used! Hugs

  6. ELAINE! Just wanted to let you know what is going on with FLOURISHES!!!! You can check out my blog with the latest news here: TLadyDesigns.blogspot.com BE WATCHING NEXT WEEK ON MY BLOG FOR A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!!HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!!!!!;)

  7. Hello, Elaine! I was scrolling through, enjoying your posts, and just had to stop here and sigh. Beautiful flowers! This is a set I don't have and it is a beauty. We had a passion vine growing wildly on our former home. It looks so tropical, yet here it is on the Oregon coast. I can relate to your former passion for sewing, too. I sewed my son's (long time ago) entire layette, as well as my own clothes, including pant and skirt suits with lined jackets -- the whole works. Moved on to sewing craft items and making my own patterns. I would completely stop sewing during gardening season. Then my love of paper crafting took over and my sewing room became a stamp room and I enjoy it all year long. Can't say I miss sewing at all, really. Thanks for sharing your story!

  8. Elaine, just ran across this post and it brought back so many memories of you and your mom, Marianne. I remember going through all the piles of different fabrics you'd both collected in your old sewing room and talking about what could be made from each piece of fabric. Unlimited possibilities! :-)

    1. Sanna, I still have two boxes of fabric that I cannot part with!